Fragile tent for home

Cogea Village in Wainunu, Bua. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

For the love of her family, Banuve Kesaia has included in her house chore list the mending of a fragile tent they’ve called home for the past 18 months since having their house blown down by TC Yasa.

She has lived in the tent with her three children and husband since December of 2020 when floodwaters swept her house, with 17 other homes, out of the village lawn.

The family of Cogea Village in Wainunu, Bua have endured cold night, rainy days and the hot days too.

“It hasn’t been easy, but for the love of our family we have worked on this together,” she said.

“We have had to repair our tent over the past one and a half years just to keep my family safe inside and we have always looked out for one another which have enabled us to live together for this long in a tent.

“It’s the love of God that we have shared that has made us enjoy this village even though many have moved out and our surrounding shows us scars of TC Yasa.”

Ms Kesaia said anyone who was in the village at the height of TC Yasa wouldn’t want to go through what they did.

“It was the scariest cyclones as we watched floodwaters break down houses after houses and our belongings and broken pieces of timber flowed down with the strong currents.”

Her family will be among the others who would soon be relocated to the new village site which sits by the main road towards Dari Village.

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